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Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND MOWI FEED PHD SCHOLARSHIP: FUNCTIONAL MICROBIOMES: UNRAVELLING DIET, ENVIRONMENT AND HOST-PATHOGEN INTERACTIONS (RS531)

This PhD will focus on unravelling microbiome-pathogen interactions in Atlantic salmon, and how this relationship is shaped by diet and environment. The project represents an exciting collaboration between Swansea University and Mowi Feed, where we ultimately aim to better understand how functional feeds can improve fish health and disease resistance. All dietary & pathogen experiments will be conducted by Mowi Feed, in Norway and Scotland. The student, based in Swansea, will be focused on conducting molecular, bioinformatic and community-modelling analyses to determine microbiome-pathogen-environment interactions, including 16S rRNA sequencing, metabolomics and transcriptional profiling, as well as some in vitro microbial interaction assays. The main objectives are: 

  1. Determine the impacts of functional feeds on microbiome diversity, structure and function. 
  2. Establish causal links between feed, microbiome, host immunity and pathogen resistance. 
  3. Characterise temporal microbiome-pathogen interactions in fluctuating environments. 

Deadline : 4 March 2024

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA PHD: COLLABORATIVE ROBOTICS TECHNOLOGY FOR ASSEMBLY & DISASSEMBLY OF FIDDLY SHAPED OBJECTS IN MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT (RS510)

Assembly and disassembly of uncertain shapes, sizes, conditions, and fiddly shaped objects forms a great challenge in manufacturing when considered for automated and robotic processes. This is because it needs a lot of correct identification, dexterity, flexibility, and manoeuvring capabilities of the manipulators. In most cases, it ends-up for manual and tedious processes with limited or no robotics support to human operators. However, this results in increased cost of product repair, end of life decommissioning, and disassembly for replacing parts. This project will focus on understanding the technologies and methods required for flexible and adaptable autonomous assembly and disassembly processes using robotic manipulators associated with humanoid hands and vision system for human-like performance for uncertain shapes, sizes, conditions, and fiddly shaped objects.

Deadline : 28 February 2024

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATERIALS ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC ICASE & TATA STEEL PHD SCHOLARSHIP: NEXT GENERATION INSULATION MATERIALS FOR USE WITHIN THE BUILDING ENVELOPE (RS527)

In collaboration with Tata Steel Building Systems UK, this iCASE PhD seeks to develop new lightweight, highly insulating, limited combustibility materials for use in sandwich panels for building façade systems in the construction sector. The aim is to develop limited combustibility insulating panels that have the potential to drive a market shift away from traditional insulation types. Furthermore, the plan is to use waste industrial by-products as raw materials and to deliver products which are fully recyclable at the end of panel life. As such, the new insulation materials will reduce embedded carbon compared to fossil-fuel based organic insulation materials, enhance steel panel system sustainability and ensure that there is no requirement for panel landfilling following building deconstruction.

Deadline : 28 February 2024

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (DBA): TUITION FEES ONLY WELSH GOVERNMENT PART-TIME DBA SCHOLARSHIPS: VALUE-BASED HEALTH AND CARE ACADEMY SCHOLARSHIP (RS469)

As a result of a change in funding allocation, we are able to offer a limited number of full-fee scholarships available specifically for those researching projects in the field of Value-Based Health and Care.

The Swansea School of Management DBA is a part-time professional doctorate designed for senior managers and leaders in all sectors; private, public and not-for-profit.

On this programme, learners engage in applied research, bringing established and cutting-edge theory to bear on their practical organisational issues. You will develop and enrich practice in your field, as well as contributing to our understanding of the underpinning theoretical base for the work.

The structured approach offered by the Swansea DBA is based on six modules over three years, blending lectures, guest talks, workshop discussions and student presentations. The doctoral thesis is developed in parallel under guidance from a doctoral supervisory team allocated at the start of the programme.

Deadline : 28 February 2024

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SPORTS SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND STENO PHD SCHOLARSHIP: FACTORS INFLUENCING GLYCAEMIA AROUND PHYSICAL EXERCISE IN PEOPLE WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES (RS526)

Though regular exercise is endorsed as a key component in a management plan for people living with diabetes, it continues to represent a major clinical concern due to its ability to disrupt normal blood glucose concentrations. In people without diabetes, blood glucose concentrations are tightly regulated by an array of feedback mechanisms. Unfortunately, such mechanisms are impaired or abolished in people with type 1 diabetes and consequently, rely on medical therapy to manage blood glucose.

A growing number of people with type 1 diabetes uses advanced hybrid closed loop systems or ‘artificial pancreas’ system. These systems consist of an externally worn insulin pump that communicates with an implantable glucose sensor located under skin, and infuses insulin directly into the body. These systems are becoming adopted by NHS and other global healthcare systems and whilst there is strong evidence of improved glucose management in the daily lives of those employing such systems there is limited evidence demonstrating how best to utilise such systems during metabolically challenging situations like physical exercise

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CIVIL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC ICASE AND UK DSTL PHD SCHOLARSHIP: TIME VARYING CONTROL OF MULTI-MATERIAL ELECTRO-ACTIVE POLYMER SOFT ROBOTS (RS533)

Building upon cutting-edge work by the group and with the support of EPSRC and the UK Defence, Science and Technology laboratory (DSTL), this PhD project sets out an ambitious research plan which will investigate, with the help of cutting-edge computational modelling and experimental validation, two fundamental aspects: (1) the time-varying response with associated viscoelastic effects in EAP soft robots, in order to predict deformations accurately, and (2) the reliable control in EAP soft robots when accounting for complex internal architecture.

Deadline : 28 February 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: EXPLORING HIGH-RESOLUTION TEMPORAL CORRESPONDENCE IN VIDEO INSTANCE SEGMENTATION (RS514)

Video instance segmentation aims at simultaneous detection, segmentation and tracking of object instances in videos. Given a test video, the task requires not only the masks of all instances of a predefined category set to be labelled but also the instance identities across frames to be associated. Existing methods follow a detection and association paradigm, which essentially performs spatial priors’ estimation and a temporal stitching afterwards. This may hinder VIS in the occlusion and long-term videos. High-resolution (HR) features appear to be helpful to identify small and or occluded objects in static images. Thus, it is interesting to explore this valuable information that may benefit VIS. At the same time, HR feature fusion at temporal level to facilitate the long-term VIS remains open challenge. This project is motivated to design a latent space where HR features of instances can be properly fused at their temporal evolution. The research results will be also applied to related video-based tasks such as optical flow estimation, 3D reconstruction and 3D object detection.

Deadline : 28 February 2024

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PHYSICS: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH PHD SCHOLARSHIP: LATTICE FIELD THEORY GOING BEYOND THE STANDARD MODEL (RS516)

The STFC list of science challenges for the particle physics and astrophysics community highlights the need to find viable extensions of the Standard Model, to explain dark matter, dark energy, matter/antimatter asymmetry, origin of the electroweak scale. Strongly coupled Sp(2N) gauge theories provide a compelling environment to address these challenges.

The Swansea University and The University of The Edinburgh Lattice Field Theory groups are uniquely positioned to perform precision calculations characterising Sp(2N) theories, having led pioneering numerical studies. As part of an established collaboration including researchers in Korea, Taiwan and other partner Institutions, we developed new cutting-edge (open source) software working on GPU- and CPU-based supercomputing architectures, opening unprecedented opportunities for worldwide leadership in this computationally intensive research subfield.

The student will join this world leading research programme, performing numerical studies of new strongly coupled field theories taking advantage of supercomputing resources at facilities based in Swansea, in the United Kingdom, and overseas. The student will perform the first extended, high precision numerical study of such models, computing their spectroscopy and phase structure, and benchmarking phenomenological applications at the crossover between particle physics and astrophysics.

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PHYSICS: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH PHD SCHOLARSHIP: LATTICE FIELD THEORY AT THE EXASCALE FRONTIER (RS511)

High-Performance Computing is entering a revolutionary phase characterised by Exascale capabilities, with step-changes in technology enabling frontier numerically intensive processes to answer outstanding foundational questions. To benefit from this revolution in full, it is of utmost importance to influence the related development with a highly ambitious scientific programme underpinned by robust Exascale-ready software. As part of this strategic ambition, we propose to fund a studentship for a joint project between Swansea University and The University of Edinburgh, focused on software development, algorithms, and benchmarking for mathematics and theoretical physics research.

The scientific goals will be the development and application of Exascale Monte Carlo and generative AI methods (such as normalizing flows and the Quantum Field Theoretical Learning machine, pioneered respectively at Edinburgh and Swansea), designed and optimised for next-generation supercomputers, to strongly interacting composite Higgs and dark matter models. This is a cutting- edge field of research led by the groups in Edinburgh and Swansea.

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: ENHANCING CARDIOMYOCYTE DYNAMIC NETWORK ANALYSIS WITH MACHINE LEARNING (ECIDNA-ML) (RS512)

This project represents a new approach to map dynamical interactions in networks of human cardiac cells. Network dyssynchronisation is a fundamental event in the catastrophic breakdown of heart rhythm but we do not know the causative events that lead to the failure of cell-to-cell interactions. Moving beyond vague observational descriptions of network behaviours this project will implement a new system to precisely quantify time-resolved information on cell-to-cell interactions. Our approach involves the development of an innovative methodological framework that employs machine learning (ML) to define the intricate nature of intercellular interactions in such networks. We will utilise large datasets and videos acquired from human cellular networks under a range of experimental conditions designed to stabilise or destabilise functional coupling between cells in the networks. The project will use our expertise in developing tailored algorithms for information extraction, pattern recognition and uncertainty estimation concerning the available clinical data. ML algorithms will enable new predictions and signal extrapolation from image datasets of cellular network behaviour. This new framework will add new knowledge on the spatial and temporal nature of intercellular dyssynchronisation and yield unprecedented insights into cardiomyocyte network dynamics. The outputs of this work will lead to an improved understanding of the early events underpinning the functional decline of heart muscle and will ultimately inform better diagnosis and therapeutic interventions in heart disease. 

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: AEROSPACE ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EMBRAER SA AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: EXPERIMENTAL AERODYNAMIC INVESTIGATIONS FOR WING-ROTOR INTERACTIONS (RS530)

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University. The successful candidate will be working towards advancing the aerodynamic performance of novel aircraft designs for advanced air mobility (AAM). This exciting research experience entitles understanding fundamental fluid mechanics and aerodynamics for electric vertical take-off landing vehicles (eVTOLs) in collaboration with Embraer SA, a key player in the civil aviation industry. 

The project concerns exploring the aerodynamic performance and the underpinning flow physics of the electrically powered advanced air mobility vehicles, which are expected to shift the paradigm in civil aviation. The knowledge gap in understanding the complex flow interactions between the fuselage, wings, and rotors due to nonconventional layouts introduces challenges AAM vehicle designs which are yet to be addressed. This challenging project’s main objective is to explore the effect of gust and turbulence on the wing-rotor and fuselage-rotor interactions to unravel the ultimate impact on aerodynamic performance and to provide design guidelines for optimising the performance of AAM vehicles for real-world applicability. 

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: AEROSPACE ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EMBRAER SA AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: ROTOR-ROTOR INTERACTIONS IN GUST AND TURBULENT FLOW (RS529)

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University. The successful candidate will be working towards advancing the aerodynamic performance of novel aircraft designs for advanced air mobility (AAM). This exciting research experience entitles understanding fundamental fluid mechanics and aerodynamics for electric vertical take-off landing vehicles (eVTOLs) in collaboration with Embraer SA, a key player in the civil aviation industry. 

The project concerns exploring the aerodynamic performance and the underpinning flow physics of the electrically powered advanced air mobility vehicles, which are expected to shift the paradigm in civil aviation. The knowledge gap in understanding the complex flow interactions of small-scale propellers and rotors due to complex layouts of the challenging designs in AAM vehicles and flow regimes over the small-scale blades under different conditions is yet to be addressed. This challenging project’s main objective is to explore the effect of gust and turbulence on the rotor-rotor interactions to unravel the ultimate impact on aerodynamic performance and to provide design guidelines for optimising the performance of AAM vehicles for real-world applicability. 

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: ARTIFICIAL IRRIGATION FRAMEWORK DEVELOPMENT TO ENHANCE CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION STRATEGIES (RS525)

This research investigates the potential of irrigation as a climate change mitigation strategy to address increasing feminisation and large-scale egg mortality at sea turtle rookeries. While various strategies (e.g., shading, nest relocation, hatcheries) have been proposed to lower nest temperatures, they often come with high costs, are invasive or are not possible to implement across a large scale (e.g., Esteban et al. 2018 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35821-6); irrigation has been suggested as a minimally-invasive and cost-effective population-wide conservation tool. However, existing knowledge is fragmented, studies report varying levels of success, and there are concerns about lowering reproductive success if done improperly (e.g., Smith et al. 2021 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13721; Young et al. 2023 https://doi.org/10.3354/meps14392).   

Deadline : 26 February 2024

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: THEORETICAL PHYSICS: FULLY FUNDED STFC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: REPLICA WORMHOLES, SEMICLASSICAL SADDLES AND QUANTUM GRAVITY (RS491)

The problem of finding how quantum mechanics and general relativity (gravity), the two pillars of modern physics, can be unified to yield a quantum theory of gravity, has been an open problem in theoretical physics for more than seven decades. This project will employ recent breakthroughs in the resolution of Stephen Hawking’s information puzzle for Black Holes (BH), enabling us to make tangible progress in understanding very specific features of quantum gravity. Specifically, we will explore and construct so-called semiclassical replica wormhole geometries, with specific emphasis on their real time behaviour, that are central to the resolution of the  BH information puzzle, and  how these encode aspects of the true microscopic quantum theory of gravity. The project will employ techniques from quantum field theory (QFT), quantum information theory and from the dictionary of “holography” that relates QFTs to quantum gravity, all of which provide powerful analytical mathematical methods to attack the questions of interest. The analytical approaches will be augmented with numerical methods including, if necessary, direct numerical simulation of certain quantum statistical models (famously known as the SYK models). The project is of an interdisciplinary nature, bringing together the physics of gravity with information theory. 

Deadline : 14 February 2024

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: THEORETICAL PHYSICS: FULLY FUNDED STFC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: HOLOMORPHIC CHERN SIMONS THEORY AND INTEGRABILITY (RS501)

The study of integrable systems is a critical area in the intersection of mathematical and theoretical physics and string theory. The group at Swansea led by Hollowood and Thompson have been pivotal in the recent discoveries of a landscape of integrable models known as Integrable Deformations. Very recently a new outlook on this topic has been provided by six-dimensional holomorphic Chern Simons theory which has been conjectured to provide an origin for all such integrable deformations. This project aims to:

  1. Construct a wider range of integrable models from holomorphic Chern Simons theory including ones with application to holography and string theory;
  2. Provide a quantum perspective on integrable deformations by applying techniques of localisation and resurgent analysis to holomorphic Chern Simons theory. 

Deadline : 14 February 2024

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: THEORETICAL PHYSICS: FULLY FUNDED STFC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: DUALITIES IN GAUGE FIELD THEORIES AND STRING THEORY (RS468)

Gauge theories are the fundamental framework behind theoretical particle physics. In recent years it became evident that two seemingly different gauge theories describe the same physics. This phenomenon is called ‘duality’. The simplest known duality is between Electric and Magnetic field, known also as electric-magnetic duality in Maxwell theory. Dualities are characterised by the property that when one description is ‘hard’ the other is ‘easy’ and vice versa. Thus, often hard calculations in a given theory become easy using a different description. Most of the effort to construct and use dualities is within theories known as ‘supersymmetric’, toy models of the real world. The aim of this project is to extend the dualities towards realistic models of nature which do not admit supersymmetry. The focus is on three kinds of dualities, S-duality, Seiberg duality and holography. In all dualities we will use both field theory tools and string theory. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student to learn and contribute to a field in the forefront of theoretical particle physics.

Deadline : 14 February 2024

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND STRIP5 PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP PHD: FORECASTING FUTURE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) MANUFACTURE (RS535)

The focus of the project will be to leverage innovative machine learning (ML) techniques adept at handling sparse information. The impact of data pre-processing techniques will be assessed with the aim of improving the accuracy of predictions. Databases of known materials will be used for validation.

The key objective is to develop a predictive model for cradle to grave environmental impacts of third generation PV which can adjust for different manufacturing location, policy decisions, economic situations etc. This is an ambitious target, and the objective will be split up into separate device components (eg substrate / electrode / active material) and lifecycle stages to enable the student to succeed in their studies even if they are only able to achieve a portion of the model.

This research aims to pioneer adaptable methodologies, providing actionable insights for sustainable PV manufacturing. By creatively leveraging available data and embracing adaptive approaches, the project aims to contribute to sustainable practices within developing manufacturing industries.

Deadline : 5 February 2024

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATHEMATICS: FULLY FUNDED UKRI AND SWANSEA BAY UNIVERSITY HEALTH BOARD PHD SCHOLARSHIP: ​​​MATHEMATICAL MODELLING THE ROLE OF CIRCULATING TUMOUR DNA (RS466)

Tumours are complex heterogeneous ecosystems, with a constantly evolving genetic composition. Exposure to a chemotherapy drug may eliminate sensitive subclones and select for resistant subclones, thus reshaping the composition of the tumour. Liquid biopsies, based on circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) shed from the primary tumour and metastatic sites, are a potential non-invasive means of tracking tumour heterogeneity and therapy response.   

In this project, we aim to develop a clinically relevant, data-driven, novel multiscale mathematical framework to study ctDNA dynamics, centred around a stochastic discrete description of mutational profiles within a tumour evolving in space and time. The rigorous mathematical description will be shaped by the integration of mathematical, biological, and clinical expertise and will allow us to link the spatiotemporal evolution of the tumour response under treatment (unknown in a clinical scenario), with the resulting ctDNA dynamics in the bloodstream (easily monitored in patients).   

Deadline : 12 February 2024

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(19) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: THEORETICAL PHYSICS: FULLY FUNDED STFC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: CONFINEMENT, HOLOGRAPHY AND MATRIX MODELS (RS467)

The Standard Model of Particles Physics is the most precise (experiment-theory match) framework in Natural Sciences. Essential in its construction are gauge theories. ‘’The problem of Confinement’ is the analytic understanding of the connection between the high energy description of gauge theories (in terms of quarks and gluons) and the low energy observations (in terms of protons, neutrons, pions, etc). 

Using the Holographic formalism and Matrix Models, we will tackle this problem in new models recently proposed. Calculating masses, interactions and observables of the confining dynamics are the objectives.  

The ambitious, long-term aim is to describe the Physics of new extensions of the Standard Model, to be discovered in accelerators and in cosmological experiments.

Deadline : 14 February 2024

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(20) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: GATE-OXIDE RELIABILITY OF WIDE BANDGAP POWER MOSFETS (RS536)

The goal of this project is to a) study and examine the failure mechanisms of WBG (particularly gallium nitride) devices, b) compare different methodologies for predicting or modelling the gate-oxide reliability of WBG power MOSFETs and identify the gap for both offline reliability and lifetime estimation and possible online condition monitoring from transistor signals, c) design, simulate and practically implement the required circuit configuration and the final multi-channel test rig for concurrent reliability testing and examining the failure mechanisms, d) develop conventional statistical approaches and artificial intelligence (AI) models from data provided by testing a large number of samples under controlled conditions to validate and generalise the research findings and e) recommend future work to implement the realised improvements.

Deadline : 5 February 2024

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(21) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND QINETIQ PHD: EXPLAINABLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR AUTOMATED KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY AND SCIENTIFIC TREND PREDICTION (RS534)

The number of scientific papers published is increasing rapidly every year. The overwhelming volume of the literature makes it challenging to keep up with the latest research and developments. Working closely with the project partner QinetiQ, this project will combine state-of-the-art machine learning methods, natural language models and image recognition to develop a human-in-the-loop system for systematic reviews and predictive analytics. We envisage that the system will be able to collate and analyse a significant amount of research publications. Furthermore, we expect the system to quantify and extrapolate research trends that may have significant impacts on technology development. Our key objectives are:   

  1. Optimise an automated systematic review system that integrates texts, figures and tables from scientific publications and other credible sources;
  2. Develop and validate deep neural network models that predict scientific trends and their impacts;
  3. Deliver an integrated interface that renders model outputs with explainability, transparency and efficiency.

Deadline : 5 February 2024

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SIEMENS MOBILITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: GEOGRAPHIC TEST DATA GENERATION IN THE RAILWAY DOMAIN USING CONSTRAINT SOLVING (RS537)

Modern Railway Systems operate from accurate geographical maps called scheme plans. They contain the topology of the tracks, positions of signalling equipment, and conceptual constructs such as train routes, and may have thousands of elements. Due to the large quantity of possible data permutations, manual testing of the scheme plan data preparation system is a laborious process. The test data need to be constructed following the European Train Control System (ETCS) standards. Manual test case construction needs significant domain knowledge to interpret the requirements. Another problem is the lack of coverage metrics which would be useful for the engineers to understand how well a set of test data exercises the requirements. 

Deadline : 5 February 2024

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND UKAEA PHD SCHOLARSHIP: UK ATOMIC ENERGY AUTHORITY CHIMERA FACILITY (RS518)

Swansea University and the UKAEA are collaboratively developing ‘virtual engineering’ capabilities for digital twinning of fusion reactor components. This is in view of enabling better understanding and prediction of fusion reactor systems. For the creation of reliable digital twins, which are typically represented as parameterised mathematical models, three key problems are important:   

  1. the inverse problem of model calibration, i.e., how can model parameters be efficiently and reliably estimated from a set of uncertain measurements;
  2. the problem of optimal design, i.e., determination of the necessary minimum number of measurements along with their spatial/temporal distributions such that the model parameters are estimated reliably (a well-posed inverse problem);
  3. the problem of data-assimilation, i.e., as more measurements are longitudinally acquired, how can system parameters be dynamically and continuously updated so that the discrepancy between the model output and measurements remains low. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(24) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: NANOTECHNOLOGY: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND GROVE MATERIALS LTD PHD SCHOLARSHIP: DESIGNER NANOPARTICLES FOR BIOMEDICINE AND ENERGY: PHYSICS MEETS BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY (RS519)

Nanostructured materials already play a vital role in society. For example, the red lines on a Covid test are nanoscale gold particles. The conventional approach to their production employs solvents and chemicals which present health hazards and environmental challenges. In this project we will exploit breakthroughs in one of two connected areas, according to the expertise of the student: 

  1. Development of nanoscale physics-based experimental methods, where Swansea is world leader, to achieve solvent-free synthesis and scale-up of soluble, ligand-capped metal nanoparticles of size 1-100 nm.
  2. Conjugation of the nanoparticles at source with detector molecules chosen to recognise an infectious agent or a biomarker. This will be a completely new method to tether proteins to metal clusters for diagnostics.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(25) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING: SWANSEA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHINESE SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL (CSC) PHD SCHOLARSHIPS 2024

Swansea University is pleased to support the Chinese Scholarship Council Scheme (CSC) for the 24/25 academic year for full-time doctoral study, commencing in October 2024.  

This year, up to ten CSC applications will be supported by Swansea University. Each includes tuition fees and an annual training allowance to support immersive training experiences such as engagement with industry and international collaborative opportunities.   

Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years; CSC students are expected to submit their theses within this timescale. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(26) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE: SWANSEA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHINESE SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL (CSC) PHD SCHOLARSHIPS 2024 (RS481)

Swansea University is pleased to support the Chinese Scholarship Council Scheme (CSC) for the 24/25 academic year for full-time doctoral study, commencing in October 2024.  

This year, up to ten CSC applications will be supported by Swansea University. Each includes tuition fees and an annual training allowance to support immersive training experiences such as engagement with industry and international collaborative opportunities.   

Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years; CSC students are expected to submit their theses within this timescale.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(27) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATHEMATICS: FULLY FUNDED UKRI AND SWANSEA PHD SCHOLARSHIP: OPTIMAL PROBLEMS UNDER CONTAGIOUS MARKETS WITH REGIME SWITCHING AND RISK UNCERTAINTY (RS455)

In this project, different optimal control problems will be considered under a contagious financial and insurance market with regime switching and risk uncertainty. 

In the first chapter, an optimal portfolio choice and life consumption problem will be studied under a fragile financial market with regime switching and risk uncertainty, where the transition matrix is no longer constant but depends on historical paths of financial assets in that market. 

In the second chapter, an optimal reinsurance problem will be investigated under a contagious insurance market with regime switching. A stochastic differential game will be constructed to find the optimal reinsurance policy by considering the interaction between the insurer and the reinsurer. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(28) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATHEMATICS: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: RECONSTRUCTION OF MIXED-UP MESSAGES (RS458)

A famous problem in probability, information theory and theoretical computer science is the following: A long message over a finite alphabet is sent via an information channel. Now suppose that the message that arrives at the receiver is not the original one, but a randomly corrupted version. Suppose further that the receiver knows the random mechanism corrupting the message. Now the question is: Can the receiver recover the original message?

To formulate this mathematically, suppose that to each integer number a letter from the finite alphabet is assigned and a simple random walk runs on the integers. At each time t it registers the letter it observes at its current position. This produces a new random sequence of letters. Now the question is: Can the original message be reconstructed with probability one from this newly created random sequence? In general, it cannot, but under appropriate restrictions, it can. Lindenstrauss (1999) showed that there are messages which cannot be reconstructed. However, it is known that almost surely a “typical” message, drawn at random according to a given distribution, can be reconstructed (possibly up to shift and/or reflection).

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(29) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND WAVE ENERGY SCOTLAND PHD: FATIGUE-RESISTANT ELASTOMERS WITH INTEGRATED ELECTRODES FOR MODULAR SELF-SENSING DEGS AND DFGS (RS513)

Building upon unique and unparallel experimental lab in Europe on soft and flexible materials, this PhD project sets out an ambitious research plan which will investigate, with the help of cutting-edge experimental facilities, two fundamental aspects: (1) synthesis of fatigue-resistant self-healing flexible rubber-like materials, for high energy harvesting from wave motions by exploring rigorous experimental studies, and (2) to test their fatigue life improvements under electro-mechanical fields that will be used in flexible membrane wave energy converters.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(30) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATERIALS ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC DTP AND SWANSEA PHD SCHOLARSHIP: DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES TO SUPPORT THE SWANSEA UNIVERSITY UNESCO CHAIR (RS503)

This PhD Scholarship represents an exciting opportunity to be the primary PhD student associated with the newly formed UNESCO Chair at Swansea University focussing on ‘Sustainable Energy Technologies’ for the Global South. A UNESCO Chair serves as a prime means of advancing research, training, and programme development through the exchange of knowledge and information sharing in the spirit of international solidarity. It serves to promote North-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions, such as universities and research organisations, to mobilise higher education to join forces with UNESCO to address global challenges, contribute to the development of societies, and help achieve the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Swansea University UNESCO Chair involves partners across Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Malaysia, North and South America and is built on the belief that access to sustainable and renewable energy is a necessary precondition to achieving several development goals that extend far beyond the energy sector. Furthermore, renewable energy technologies that operate within a circular economy have the potential to maximise social, health, educational and environmental benefits.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(31) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MATERIALS ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND TWI PHD SCHOLARSHIP: AI-DRIVEN INVESTIGATION INTO PREDICTIVE NON-DESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION (RS524)

Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a testing and analysis technique used by industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component, structure or system for characteristic differences or welding defects and discontinuities without causing damage to the original part. Among various NDT approaches, Ultrasound Testing (UT) and X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) are the main focus of this project.

Both UT and XCT techniques can produce large 3D datasets that can be challenging to interrogate for human experts to fully analyse. Small defects or anomalies may be missed when manually examining through the acquired volumetric data. Artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a promising solution to automate and enhance defect detection in these complex structural data. The aim of this study is to improve diagnostic accuracy through development an AI system that can perform rapid processing of large 3D data volumes, and identify defects that are difficult to discern with the naked eye and provide a second opinion with a level of certainty to assist human experts.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(32) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SCHMIDT-CLEMENS SPAIN PHD SCHOLARSHIP: MODELLING OF COMPLEX LOAD CYCLES AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE (RS498)

Engineering components such as those found in high temperature plant applications are often subjected to cycles during which both stress and temperature change. These cycles can occur during normal service or during start-up/shut-down cycles and can significantly limit service lives of the components. Due to thermal gradients associated with heating and cooling, these load/thermal cycles are complex in nature and the cycle frequency is typically lower than that of a normal thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) cycle resulting in deformation dominated by creep mechanisms. The aim of this project is to develop a model for the deformation and damage that occurs during these complex cycles. A constitutive model which accounts for the effects of stress and temperature changes on material hardening and damage will be implemented within finite element (FE) software allowing predictions of component behaviour to be made. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(33) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: EXPLAINABLE AI FOR MATHEMATICAL MODELLING (RS489)

The discovery of the governing mathematical modelling of real world system is important. The proposed research aims to integrate symbolic computing with machine learning models. This project develops AI knowledge discovery computing for mathematical modelling application. This project contributes to cutting-edge research in the field of AI knowledge discovery computing.  

This PhD studentship offers a unique opportunity to delve into the world of Machine Learning, Mathematical Modelling, and Knowledge Discovery. The successful candidate will work on this innovative project that bridge the gap between data-driven insights and mathematical modelling, advancing the frontiers of this exciting field. This project could lead to AI computing breakthroughs that impact data intensive applications.  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(34) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM FOR MEDICAL IMPLANT DEVICES (RS528)

The research is at the forefront of developing innovative solutions for wireless power transfer systems tailored for medical implant devices. This interdisciplinary research will involve the integration of power electronic converters and machine learning algorithms to enhance the efficiency, reliability, and safety of power delivery to medical implants. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(35) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY AND SILVACO PHD SCHOLARSHIP: NEW QUANTUM TRANSMITTING BOUNDARY METHOD CODE FOR TRANSPORT DEVICE SIMULATIONS (RS492)

This postgraduate research studentship is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a novel quantum simulation device technique. This project is a collaborative effort with Silvaco Group, Inc., a leading global company specializing in EDA and TCAD software. The primary objective of this scholarship is to devise a quantum simulation technique capable of solving Schrödinger and Poisson equations in open systems, such as semiconductor devices, in a self-consistent manner. This will be achieved through the application of the Quantum Transmitting Boundary Method (QTBM). The silicon nanowire transistor will serve as the test device for this project. The ultimate goal is to develop a 3D QTBM code with dissipative scattering, which will be instrumental in predicting the performance of multi-gate nanoscale transistors. These include FinFETs, nanowire, and nanosheet FETs, which are pivotal for future sub-3 nm technology nodes. The approach will also be tested for the inclusion of electron-photon scattering and applied to the simulation of optoelectronic devices such as quantum well LEDs and photodetectors. This studentship presents a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of quantum simulation technology and contribute to the future of semiconductor devices. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(36) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: EFFECTIVE DIMENSIONS: APPLICATIONS OF COMPUTABILITY THEORY TO GEOMETRIC MEASURE THEORY (RS459)

Recent works showed how tools from computability theory and computable analysis can be used to study the geometric properties of sets. In particular, the Point-to-Set Principle provides an explicit connection between the Hausdorff dimension of a set (a notion of fundamental importance in analysis and geometric measure theory) and the Kolmogorov complexity of its points (a computability-theoretical notion that measures the “(in)compressibility” of a string). This resulted in a new wave of results, both in computability theory and in other areas of mathematics, and some theorems in geometric measure theory have been proven, for the first time, using these tools. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(37) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND RCNDE PHD SCHOLARSHIP: REAL TIME TRACKING OF COGNITIVE LOAD TO ASSESS HUMAN FACTORS DURING INSPECTIONS (RS520)

Many industries are relocating workers from hazardous environments to supervisory rooms, where they need to engage with automated systems to perform their work. A critical challenge in human-automated systems interaction lies in effectively managing human factors such as cognitive load (CL) and emotions such as stress to ensure optimal task execution. However, currently, measuring CL involves bulky, expensive techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography, limiting their practicality. Recent progress in wearable design helps non-invasively measure CL and stress by synchronously analysing physiological indicators such as Pupillometry, heart-rate variability, and skin conductivity. Regardless, previous work involved wearing eye trackers and heart monitors, which may not be suitable for real-time inspection setups. Besides, the tasks utilised to collect data for estimating CL were superficial and consequently, CL measures were task dependent. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(38) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC DTP PHD SCHOLARSHIP: VERTICAL MULTI-PURPOSE FARMING ROBOTIC SYSTEM (RS485)

Swansea University, an internationally recognised academic institution with strong commitments to research and technological innovation, seeks applications for a PhD scholarship funded position to join our rapidly developing Intelligent Robotics Group at the Computer Science Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering. The development of Intelligent Robotics for real-world applications, cutting across the domains of assisted living and modern agriculture, is one of our research group’s goalsAn exciting opportunity awaits in our ambitious project “HARVEST”, where we seek to transform global food production systems in the face of impending challenges. At its heart, the project is about developing Vertical Multi-Purpose Farming Systems. From providing cost-effective, year-round agriculture to creating disease-resistant crops and yield prediction using computer vision, the technologies you develop have the potential to shape the future of farming. It becomes the path to devising new vertical agricultural techniques, paving the way for sustainable methodologies in the agriculture sector. Join us and participate in this exciting project. At Swansea University you will do more than just research; at Swansea University you will be positively impacting people’s lives and the environment.  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(39) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC DTP PHD SCHOLARSHIP: ROBOTIC THIRD ARM FOR HARVESTING ASSISTANCE (RS486)

Swansea University, an internationally recognised academic institution with strong commitments to research and technological innovation, seeks applications for a PhD scholarship funded position to join our rapidly developing Intelligent Robotics Group at the Computer Science Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering. The development of Intelligent Robotics for real-world applications, cutting across the domains of assisted living and modern agriculture, is one of our research group’s goals. Tentacle project is a fascinating initiative that aims to develop a sophisticated robotic arm capable of assisting harvesting tasks. Through computer vision, the Tentacle arm will be able to recognize if a product (such as fruit or vegetable) is ready for picking and assist the picking task. The Tentacle arm and the human-picker are supposed to cooperate, with the arm assisting the picking process while the human-picker carries the arm throughout the plantation. By leveraging the unique capabilities of both robots and humans, this collaborative approach aims to optimize the harvesting process, minimize losses resulting from premature harvesting, and expedite the overall picking process. Join us and participate in this exciting projectAt Swansea University you will do more than just research; at Swansea University you will positively be impacting people’s lives and the environment. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(40) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: COMPUTER SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC DTP PHD SCHOLARSHIP: REAL-TIME SPOKEN LANGUAGE UNDERSTANDING FOR SOCIAL CARE ROBOTS (RS523)

This PhD project will investigate and build spoken language understanding (SLU) models from data for a social care robot simulation, to react quickly and effectively to instructions in a home environment. The models built will respond to instructions like “please put the remote control on the table” and follow-up repairs like “no, the left-hand table” when the speaker realizes the robot has made a mistake, in real time and without delay. 

To build these SLU algorithms, the project will involve collecting data with pairs of human participants in a Virtual Reality environment. The models built will aim to give the most accurate user intention word-by-word, but also a continuous measure of confidence corresponding to human reaction times. The models will be tested both in the simulation environment and real-world equivalent robots.

The successful candidate will join the new Intelligent Robotics group in the Computer Science Department in the Computational Foundry in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Swansea University, in addition to interfacing with the established Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) FIT lab. The candidate will be working alongside other researchers on the FLUIDITY project on human-robot interaction, and those working on other real-world applications.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(41) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CIVIL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND RICHTER PHD SCHOLARSHIP: DIGITAL TWINNING FOR TEMPORARY WORKS ENABLING SAFE AND ECONOMIC PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION (RS522)

This project aims to develop digital twins for temporary works and construction methods, thereby transforming the design, implementation and coordination practice in the delivery of construction projects, enhancing safety and reducing cost. From the fundamental aspect, the research is focused on modelling, data analytics and artificial intelligence, and develops digital twins solutions that fit the industry needs. From the application perspective, the research emphasizes temporary works and construction methods, often a significant part of a project’s construction cost, sometimes 50% or more.

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(42) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CHEMISTRY: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA PHD SCHOLARSHIP: PATCHY SWEET BULLETS AGAINST BACTERIA (RS456)

A significant phenotypic heterogeneity exists within the clonal bacterial population for adhesion to different surfaces. Bacteria even lacking adhesive lectins can bind to cells and cause infections. The objective of this studentship is focused on engineering heterogeneous glycosystems with patchy attributes to simultaneously target varied bacterial populations with high selectivity index. 

The candidate will employ an exciting interdisciplinary approach, commencing with polymer and glycochemistry to engineer patchy glycosystems. These systems will be thoroughly characterized in our modern University laboratory using SEM, AFM, and TEM. The efficacy of these materials will be assessed against different bacterial strains in the Institute of Life Sciences at Swansea University. A comprehensive training programme will be provided by an interdisciplinary supervisory team’s expertise in chemistry (Dr Bhatia), natural products (Dr Loveridge), and microbiology (Professor Wilkinson).  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(43) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CHEMISTRY: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND ROYAL SOCIETY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: EXCITON CONTROL OF MOLECULAR HIGH-SPIN MATERIALS (RS517)

In a recent breakthrough, we demonstrated that coupling of excited states in small molecules containing organic radicals enables photoinitiation of quartet (three-electron) and quintet (four-electron) states that interact strongly with light through efficient absorption and emission (Gorgon et al., Nature 2023). During the course of this PhD, the successful candidate will have the exciting opportunity to experimentally investigate a range of novel spin-optical phenomena enabled by manipulating exciton dynamics in high spin (S > 1) systems involving multi-electron coupled states, with target applications in energy and quantum technologies such as photon up-/down conversion and sensors. The aim of this project is to establish spin-dependent molecular structure-function relationships from magnetic and photophysical characterization.  

Deadline :26 January 2024

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(44) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CHEMISTRY: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC & SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD: STUDYING MOLECULE-SURFACE INTERACTION POTENTIALS USING MAGNETIC MOLECULAR INTERFERENCE EXPERIMENTS (RS490)

The complex interference pattern measured in a Magnetic Molecular Interferometry (MMI) experiment is one of  the most sensitive observables of the interaction between a molecule and a solid surface, containing detailed information on the change of the rotational wave function during the collision event. The student will be working on a new EPSRC project ( EP/X037886/1 ) which aims to extract the molecule-surface interaction potential directly from the experimental data. Currently such potentials can only be calculated, calculations which involve major approximations leading to restricted accuracy and significant uncertainty. Empirical determining of molecule-surface potentials would serve as an important benchmark for further theoretical development and have an impact on a wide range of field and applications which rely on such calculations, ranging from heterogenous catalysis to astrochemistry.   

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(45) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: MICROSTRUCTURAL EVOLUTION IN SHEAR THICKENING FLUIDS (RS483)

We invite applications for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship to investigate how microstructure evolution leads to intricate flow patterns in shear thickening fluids. You will join the vibrant research community of the Complex Fluids Research Group at Swansea University, and become an integral member of an international collaboration including both Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Basque Centre for Applied Mathematics (BCAM).  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(46) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: FLUID DYNAMICS OF GLACIAL SEDIMENTS (RS484)

Applicants are invited for a fully funded 3-year PhD studentship to explore the complex flow behaviour of glacial sediments. You will join a multidisciplinary team on a project that is a collaboration between the Glaciology and Complex Fluids Research Groups at Swansea University.  

Glacial sediments have widely varying flow (rheological) properties that influence the dynamics of the overlying glacier. With ongoing, alarming changes to the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, there is an urgent need to develop accurate glacial sediment models that can help predict future ice loss and sea-level change. 

In this multidisciplinary project you will develop new laboratory experiments to make accurate measurements of fluid flow and deformation in the sediment bed, and how these are influenced by fluid pressure and flow rates, and the properties of the glacial sediment (granular size/shape distributions). These parameter studies will inform development of new theoretical models for glacier-sediment interactions and how these influence present and future ice sheet behaviour.  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(47) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC DTP AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: DESIGN, MANUFACTURING AND TESTING OF “LIVING” CELLULAR MICROFLUIDIC SENSORS (RS488)

Cells are living systems highly sensible to changes to the local environment, meaning that a change of temperature, pH or other properties can result in the cell changing its morphology and overall behaviour. In this project, the successful candidate will employ such cell behaviour to design, fabricate and test microfluidic fibres containing cells; such structures will act as “living sensor”, providing a physical response to a variety of external stimuli such as drug administration, electric signal, mechanical stimuli, and temperature gradients. The impact of this project stems in anticipated applications in diagnostic healthcare and drug development. 

The candidate will design fibres having controlled cells spacing, by using the principle of viscoelasticity-induced ordering in straight microchannels. The advantage over traditional methodologies is that cells will be aligned along a single line in the fibre, meaning that the external stimuli will be uniformly felt along the cell population line, resulting in the first-of-its-kind living tuneable sensor with cell-specific response. Unit sensors will be robustly characterised. Data will train a machine learning model to optimise sensor configurations (for multiple unit sensors) for a given application. The project will bring together Soft Matter, Biomedical Engineering and Data Science to generate a versatile tool with great potential across several fields. Experimental activities will mainly be carried out at the Rheological Microfluidic lab led by Dr Francesco Del Giudice. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(48) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA PHD SCHOLARSHIP: DECIPHERING MICROBIOME COMPLEXITY USING BIOLOGICAL BIG DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (RS454)

Microorganisms are pivotal to most biological processes, including biogeochemical cycles, human health, food production and wastewater treatment, in so-called microbiomes. Due to the vast number of distinct microbial strains in each microbiome elucidating the role of microbial interactions in shaping microbiome function using traditional low-through put techniques is deemed an insurmountable task. The aim of this PhD project is to combine cutting-edge laboratory and computational technologies to address this challenge.  

The PhD candidate will use 1) high throughput lab automation to isolate and co-cultivate microorganisms. Using 2) artificial intelligence-based image analysis, they will identify the individual modes of microbial interactions. This data will form the basis of a 3) machine learning model that considers microbial characteristics, interaction intricacies, and specific features. The goal is to predict and verify interactions of three or more microbes, enhancing model accuracy and iteratively reconstructing complex microbiomes

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(49) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES: FULLY FUNDED SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: WHERE THE VULTURES SOAR: USING HIGH-FREQUENCY MOVEMENT DATA TO UNDERSTAND SPECIES DISTRIBUTIONS (RS502)

This project focuses on the movements of large soaring birds and will combine high-frequency data on the movements of Andean condors (Vultur gryphus) with large-scale data on species distributions to understand what drives movement patterns across scales. The ability to track animal movement with sub-second resolution has led to an explosion of research into how individuals move and interact. However, fine-scale data have rarely been used to provide insight into macroecological processes, including where species occur now and how this might shift with global change. Soaring birds are an ideal group with which to merge these perspectives, because the ability to fly, and the energy it requires, are tightly coupled to the physical environment. The availability of rising air and the wind conditions should therefore affect movement decisions at fine-scales, competitive interactions and ultimately, species distributions. Results from this work are expected to provide insight into how the movements of soaring birds will be affected by global change.  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(50) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: BIOSCIENCES, GEOGRAPHY AND PHYSICS: SWANSEA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING CHINESE SCHOLARSHIP COUNCIL (CSC) PHD SCHOLARSHIPS 2024 (RS482)

Swansea University is pleased to support the Chinese Scholarship Council Scheme (CSC) for the 24/25 academic year for full-time doctoral study, commencing in October 2024.  

This year, up to ten CSC applications will be supported by Swansea University. Each includes tuition fees and an annual training allowance to support immersive training experiences such as engagement with industry and international collaborative opportunities.   

Each scholarship is offered for a maximum period of three years; CSC students are expected to submit their theses within this timescale. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(51) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: AEROSPACE ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: INTEGRATED MULTISCALE SIMULATION TOOLS FOR FIBRE-REINFORCED COMPOSITES (RS521)

This PhD project seeks to advance the development of integrated multiscale simulation tools for fibre-reinforced composite materials, especially the carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP). CFRP composites have gained prominence in industries such as aerospace and automotive due to their exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and highly flexible designability. Recently, the development of 3D printing technology has also enabled the additive manufacturing of CFRP composites. However, optimising the design and analysis of CFRP structures requires a deep understanding of their complex multiscale behaviour and intricated computational models. 

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(52) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: AEROSPACE ENGINEERING: FULLY FUNDED EPSRC AND SWANSEA UNIVERSITY PHD SCHOLARSHIP: EXPERIMENTAL AND NUMERICAL ANALYSIS OF NONLINEAR THERMAL MECHANICAL JOINTS (RS460)

One of the major knowledge gaps in the study of complex aerospace systems is the frictional interface of jointed components. In the current state-of-the-art, only the nonlinear friction is considered. For the underlying physics, frictional energy dissipates energy via deformations (using current methods), heat (not considered and is the focus of this project), and sound (considered ignorable for most sliding situations). This project will focus on the understanding of the heat-based energy dissipation and the environmental effects on these frictional joints.

Swansea University is a member of the International Committee on Joint Mechanics. This is a multi-disciplinary committee focused on understanding and predicting jointed interfaces in assembled structures. The ICJM is a collection of academics, industrial researchers, and governmental bodies from across the world. This allows for knowledge transfer between industrial needs, current state-of-the-art, and relevant regulations. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to attend joint community meetings, where they can discuss and present their work, as well as attending and presenting at international conferences.  

Deadline : 26 January 2024

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(53) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE PATHWAY (RS477)

Research in the field of Sport and Exercise Science at Swansea is conducted by three related research groups. These groups will give you a good idea of the sort of research that is being undertaken at Swansea, and may in turn help you to develop a research proposal in the area of economics and/or the social sciences. 

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(54) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PSYCHOLOGY: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE PSYCHOLOGY PATHWAY (RS475)

This interdisciplinary pathway focuses on social science aspects of psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, environmental, health, clinical, and forensic) and understanding issues of societal importance/ESRC priorities such as climate change and sustainability, and improving health, and well-being.  Swansea has particular strengths in forensic and health psychology, nutrition and appetite, behavioural addiction, and sustainable well-being. We also have a number of strategic partnerships with the Health Board, the Welsh Government, local charities, the food industry, His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, and others and many students benefit from these opportunities to perform impactful research with lasting benefits.  

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(55) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SOCIAL POLICY / SOCIAL CARE: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE SOCIAL POLICY/SOCIAL CARE PATHWAY (RS478)

Swansea University, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) invites applications for PhD study in Social Policy, Social Care and Social Work, with the possibility of being awarded a fully funded ESRC WGSSS studentship, available to start in October 2024. 

The ESRC has for many years, supported postgraduate research at Swansea University by awarding applicants funded studentships through its annual competition. Applicants will be supported by a dedicated team of postgraduate research professionals and supervised by highly experienced academics in either Social Policy, Social Care or Social Work.      

Social Policy sits within the School of Social Sciences, and the Department of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy. The Department is also home to the Centre for Social Change, which hosts regular seminars by both Swansea academics, collaborators and other academics across the globe. Swansea University hosts the ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre (Wales), which facilitates access to linked, de-identified administrative data in a secure environment. 

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(56) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: SOCIOLOGY / SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN SOCIOLOGY OR IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES PATHWAY (RS476)

This pathway will leverage excellent provision and research in sociological methods training at Swansea, to build capacity and realize a networked all-Wales strategy for doctoral training in Sociology and STS, drawing upon FtF, hybrid and blended approaches. Pathway strengths include centres and other UKRI investments, ADR Wales, Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research. 

Sociology/STS is an emerging disciplinary strength at Swansea University that currently sits within UoA20, with pockets of excellence that speak to WGSSS crosscutting themes. This is a merger of two DTP2 pathways, that are adjacent in disciplinary terms, with an extension to include Bangor and Swansea, as well as Cardiff.

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(57) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: POPULATION AND HEALTH DATA SCIENCE: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE DATA SCIENCE, HEALTH AND WELLBEING PATHWAY (RS471)

The pathway combines observational, descriptive, and trials-based methods with large population-scale datasets to provide evidence on societies most pressing health challenges. Research informs evidence-based policy making to support people to make healthy lifestyle choices and/or to live better with illness and disability. More specifically, it examines the built and social environment and the impact that these have on multiple health and/or social outcomes. For example, a project may characterise the housing or school travel environment, and investigate the impact on injuries, mental health and educational outcomes; or shifting ageing and family-size demographics in relation to the epidemiology of chronic health conditions to address the pressing issue of the ‘care -gap’. Projects may use a range of methodologies, from observational to computational and population-level modelling. Such projects and associated methods are made possible through the linkage of administrative and health data, increasing demand for suitably qualified doctoral researchers capable of applying a mix of methods to complex social science problems. 

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(58) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE GLOBAL LANGUAGE BASED AREA STUDIES/POLITICS/IR PATHWAY (RS506)

The Global Language Based Area Studies/Politics/International Relations pathway at Swansea University is based within the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and International Relations (PPIR). It aligns with our PhD program in Politics and International Relations, and encompasses a variety of substantive foci and research approaches.  

Our breadth of specialisms incorporates (i) international relations, area studies, and international development; (ii) comparative politics, including sub-national politics and the study of political identity; (iii) political communication, with a particular focus on digital politics; and (iv) political and social philosophy. Our research crosses boundaries with development studies, media and communication, and philosophy. We are intellectually pluralist, use a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and our geographical coverage includes Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. We place a premium on connecting scholarly work to real world impact and seek to disseminate our findings and co-produce change with partners in Welsh and UK government and parliament, global policy advocates including the International Drug Policy Consortium, and a range of local and international civil society actors.  

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(59) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MEDIA STUDIES: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE JOURNALISM AND DEMOCRACY PATHWAY (RS472)

Media, Communications and Public Relations at Swansea has been consistently recognized for its excellence and is placed right at the top in UK league tables for various elements of its delivery. Priding itself on a strong sense of community, staff and students are involved at the cutting edge of the study of contemporary media and its impact. Our mix of esteemed practitioners and globally acknowledged scholars have expertise across a broad range of sub themes within the Journalism, Democracy and Digital Media pathway.  

 For example, while we attend to the traditional aspects of print and broadcast journalism and the way that these cover key areas such as politics, conflict, financial affairs, the climate crisis and sport, our expertise extends into alternative digital news media, fact checking, disordered information, hate speech, racism and misogyny. Colleagues have extensively researched social media and all its dimensions, the metaverse, virtual and augmented reality, the wider implications of surveillance and technological interventions into all elements of contemporary life. We have strong impact in the fields of digital access for minority groups and the ways that news and journalism are both governed and regulated, and overarching all of this, our film and TV studies scholars offer insight into how all such elements are represented to wider audiences. Our public relations scholars are research active in looking at both the corporate functioning and the more disruptive elements within that profession, and how organizations digitally manage and maintain crises and brand identities. We would welcome applications that tap into these themes and add new and important dimensions. 

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(60) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: EMPIRICAL STUDIES IN LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE EMPIRICAL STUDIES IN LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY PATHWAY (RS509)

The ESRC Wales DTP, has for many years, supported postgraduate research at Swansea University by awarding applicants funded studentships through its annual competition. Applicants will be supported by a dedicated team of postgraduate research professionals and supervised by highly experienced academics in either Criminology or Law.

Criminology sits within the School of Social Sciences, adding complementary interdisciplinarity in legal studies, the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, the Centre for Social Change, and the collaborative Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology (CCJC). The CCJC undertakes interdisciplinary empirical research on areas including youth justice policy, drug policies and criminality, policing, sports criminology, sex work, crimes of the powerful, the political economy of crime in the Global South, maritime security and crime, terrorism and cybercrime. Swansea University also hosts the ESRC Administrative Data Research Centre (Wales), which facilitates access to linked, de-identified administrative data in a secure environment.

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(61) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING PATHWAY (RS474)

Environmental planning examines the spatial dimensions and decision-making processes for the sustainable management of the relationships within and between natural and human systems. This interdisciplinary PhD training pathway bridges social and natural environmental sciences. It focusses on key environmental challenges, and their manifestation in Wales, the UK and globally, reflecting current policy challenges for Welsh and UK governments in the environmental sector. Major concerns include but are not limited to: impacts and management of climate change; local and regional environmental quality; conservation management; and post-Brexit environmental legislation.  

The Department of Geography at Swansea is a vibrant and dynamic place for interdisciplinary doctoral studies. Our academics have a long history of successfully training PhD students for careers in the public, private, and third sectors, as well as in academia. Our staff have a wide range of expertise central to this pathway including quantifying and mitigating climate change, landscape carbon dynamics, flood management, pollution, environmental hazard management, wildfire mitigation, environmental archaeology, GIS and remote sensing applications, and cultural, urban, political, and economic geography. We are working in close collaboration with public and private sector organisations (e.g. DEFRA, Forest Research, Natural Resources Wales, MetOffice, UK National Parks, Fire and Rescue Services, Home Office, UK water companies and the Health Sector). Our academics are actively recruiting PhD students and we encourage you to explore our staff webpages and get in touch with potential PhD supervisors who may align with your interests

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(62) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: HUMAN GEOGRAPHY: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE HUMAN GEOGRAPHY PATHWAY (RS505)

The Geography Department at Swansea is a vibrant and dynamic place for doctoral studies, and we host a large contingent of both domestic and international PhD students. The Human Geography staff at Swansea have a long history of successfully training PhD students for careers in the academy, as well as the public, private and third sectors. Our staff have a wide range of expertise, including in social theory, and cultural, urban, political, environmental, rural, and economic geography. We emphasise research that is both theoretically sophisticated and empirically situated. Many of us are actively recruiting PhD students and we encourage you to explore our staff webpages and get in touch with potential PhD supervisors who may align with your interests

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(63) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: EDUCATION: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE EDUCATION PATHWAY (RS504)

At Swansea University, our highly esteemed Department of Education and Childhood proudly harbours a diverse spectrum of substantive and methodological expertise. Our department specialises in various domains, encompassing the realms of educational inequality, notably social class disparities, and the educational challenges faced by children in care. In addition, we have scholars who are interested in supervising the impact of parental engagement and involvement on children’s educational outcomes, alongside exploring the complexities of education leadership and management. We also examine technology’s influence on education, the promotion of children’s voices within educational contexts, curriculum and assessment, animals in education, and the philosophical underpinnings of educational theory and practice.   

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(64) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: ECONOMICS: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE ECONOMICS PATHWAY (RS507)

In the current times of global challenges, high-quality research in Economics is more important than ever. The pathway brings together the distinctive expertise and track record of research excellence in three institutions – Cardiff, Bangor and Swansea. While producing outstanding research in all fields of Economics, the Department of Economics at Swansea has a particularly strong research record in macroeconomics, applied microeconomics, energy economics and regional economics, and serves as a key partner in the pan-institutional Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD). Furthermore, the department is home to the Centre for Research in Macroeconomics and Macro-Finance (CReMMF), which brings together leading academics in this field from across the UK and beyond.  

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(65) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE DIGITAL ECONOMY AND SOCIETY PATHWAY (RS515)

This pathway is looking for students and applications that are interested in pursuing interdisciplinary projects incorporating elements of computational science methodologies in the context of social science challenges spanning the remits of the UK Research Institute’s ESRC and EPSRC. The pathway is seeking to develop expertise in researching human behaviour, combining advanced quantitative and digital analytical methods, applied to data generated through digital footprints, with qualitative research on interaction in on-line spaces. Projects should include some strategies ranging from the analysis of social media posts to the passive capture of movements via accelerometer data, and evaluate how current and emerging socio-technical systems respond to and influence situated particulars in human-algorithm interaction. Furthermore, projects that at how the desire for new ways of expressing economic and social needs can drive developments in digital technology and their applications is similarly in scope. Substantive areas of focus for projects include: problems of health and social care; constrained communities; business and innovation; cyber security; and crime and safety.  

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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(66) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT: FULLY FUNDED ESRC WALES GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (WGSSS) STUDENTSHIP IN THE BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT PATHWAY (RS473)

The Business and Management pathway focusses the realm of social sciences on current challenges for businesses and the industrial landscape. There are significant opportunities for interdisciplinarity through its disciplinary expertise in accounting, finance, banking, marketing, strategy, logistics and operations management, organizational management, innovation, and tourism; all underpinned by the research strength and experience of faculty members at the Universities of Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor. This joint working allows students increased access to leading researchers and practitioners whilst also offering them a breadth of contacts and experiences, enabling them to network within a larger cohort and to see their research within an especially wide disciplinary context. The pathway also examines and develops knowledge relating to wider issues, e.g. (in)equality, wellbeing, climate change, and sustainability.   

Deadline : 12 January 2024

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About Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom –Official Website

Swansea University (Welsh: Prifysgol Abertawe) is a public research university located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. It was chartered as University College of Swansea in 1920, as the fourth college of the University of Wales. In 1996, it changed its name to the University of Wales Swansea following structural changes within the University of Wales. The title of Swansea University was formally adopted on 1 September 2007 when the University of Wales became a non-membership confederal institution and the former members became universities in their own right.

Swansea University has three faculties across its two campuses which are located on the coastline of Swansea Bay. The Singleton Park Campus is set in the grounds of Singleton Park to the west of Swansea city centre. The £450 million Bay Campus, which opened in September 2015, is located next to Jersey Marine Beach to the east of Swansea in the Neath Port Talbot area. The annual income of the institution for 2021–22 was £369.9 million of which £69.2 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £446.3 million.

It is the third largest university in Wales in terms of number of students. It offers about 450 undergraduate courses, 280 postgraduate taught and 150 postgraduate research courses to 20,375 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

 

 

 

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